- Monday, March 05, 2018 7:15 PM
Skopje, 5 March 2018 (MIA) - Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi on Monday held a meeting with the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Miroslav Jenca. UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Skopje Louisa Vintion was also in attendance.
Being a member of the United Nations since 1993, Xhaferi said, Macedonia has been actively contributing to all UN-led agencies and programs. "The country remains committed to respecting the duties stemming from the membership with respect to human rights, non-proliferation of weapons, fight against terrorism, climate changes and implementation to the Millennium Development Goals, and to supporting the UN-led peace mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL)."
Xhaferi told the meeting that the Macedonian Parliament on 22 December 2017 had ratified the Istanbul Convention (the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence), thus paving the way for implementing the convention in practice.
As regards EU integration processes, Speaker Xhaferi underscored the commitment of the government and Parliament to implementing the required reforms, especially activities within the 3-6-9 Plan, and to taking steps aimed at improving good neighbourly relations by signing and ratifying the friendship treaty with Bulgaria and finding a mutually acceptable solution to the name dispute with Greece.
The steps taken are expected to result in securing a positive report containing an unconditioned recommendation for the opening of EU accession talks and in being admitted into NATO this year.
Jenca congratulated Xhaferi on his leadership skills in managing the situation in Parliament and in implementing the required reforms that are supported by the UN, the Parliament said in a press release.
Also, Jenca thanked Macedonia for its participation in peacekeeping missions. "Though small in size, it demonstrates the country's commitment to championing activities of the UN."
With regard to the name issue, the UN official said there was genuine momentum noting that the UN and its secretary general would support all efforts for the two sides to make a breakthrough and find a solution, which would play a vital role not only in bilateral relations, but also in the region's stability. He stressed the importance of Macedonia having a consensus over strategic objectives, namely NATO and EU accession. ba/19:14
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